Switch Box....or new reciever?

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  1. Wil_J

    Wil_J Stunt Coordinator

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    Okay everyone, I have a question. I have gotten to the point that instead of running everything through my reciever (Onkyo 494) I am now needing to start switching feeds through the TV, sometimes bypassing my surround speakers all together.

    My question is this, should I buy a seperate switch box and then plug that into a port on the reciever? Or should I just bear it for now, and start saving for a new reciever?

    Money is a definate concern right now and either route I will need to save for a bit to get the equipment needed, But I want to know what you all reccomend. Thanks!........Wil
     
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    what type of inputs do you need, and how many?
     
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    Are you talking about just the video signals? If so, it gets real expensive to find a reciever that has more than 2 component inputs - and many of these are not designed for HD signals.

    A inexpensive switch is $40 from MadCatz. I saw a remote-controlled 4-in-1-out switch at Radio Shack for about $70. The better (designed for HD frequencies) video switch (that includes optical and coaxial digital jacks for each source) is available from AudioAuthority. It runs about $220 - but this is a lot cheaper than having to go to a $2,000 reciever to get a third component jack.
     
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    Get a switchbox. I run all my s-video through a sony swithchbox so I can use all my game consoles with s-video. I would look for a model that has automatic switching for convenience.
     
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    Many of this year's entry level models feature three component inputs-- e.g. Onkyo's TX-SR503...
     
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    Thanks for all the suggestions. So, it looks like a switch box is where I want to go. Digital audio switching would be a plus, but is not required. It is mostly for my gaming systems, and HDTV is not an issue.

    Now that I've decided on a switch box, any links to some suggestions would help. Thanks!............Wil
     
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    Radio Shack 15-1987 I see these every time I go to radioshack (I have one in my hometheater) usually for sale for $79.99 on clearance. 6 in 2 out, AV switcher that switches composite, S-Video, analog stereo, and digital optical with learning on the input. On top of that it also upconverts composite to S-Video and analog to optical for wire maintenance.
     
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    best buy sells a pretty good one by pelican. supposedly it passes hd (just kinda good to have i guess...)
     

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